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Summary: The State of Colorado offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Retired Military Pay and Property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: None

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Retired Military Pay: The rules for the taxability of military retirement benefits are the same as the rules for any retirement pension and annuity income. Persons who were 55 to 64 years of age as of December 31 may exclude up to $20,000 of their military retirement benefits received during the calendar year. Persons who were 65 years of age or older as of December 31, may exclude up to $24,000 of their military retirement benefits received during the calendar year.
Eligibility: U.S. Armed Forces Retiree.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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Property Tax Deferral for Seniors/Active Military Personnel: The Property Tax Deferral Program helps military personnel and seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income, continue to afford living in their home by deferring the payment of their property taxes. The State Treasurer's office may make tax payments directly to the county on behalf of the participant for the tax amount due. The loan is logged as a lien against the participant's property that does not have to be remitted until the participant no longer qualifies to defer their property taxes. Click here for a list of outstanding loans by county.
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met:

  • Applicant must be a senior who is 65 years or older or a person called into military service pursuant to CRS 39-3.5-101 (1.8), on January 1 of the year in which the person files a claim.
  • All prior years' property taxes must be paid.
  • Applicant must own and occupy the property as their primary residence. The property cannot be income-producing.
  • The total value of liens against the property (mortgages, deferrals, and/or deeds of trust) cannot exceed 100% of the assessed market value.
  • Mortgage lender agrees that the state's interest in the property would take priority over all other interests.
  • If a qualified applicant has a reverse mortgage, the property is only eligible for future deferrals if a subordination agreement from the mortgage lender is submitted with the application.
  • The deferral amount must be paid upon sale or transfer of the property. The deferral amount can also be paid any time prior to sale or transfer without affecting future eligibility.

Those who qualify must file an application with their representative county treasurer between January and April 1st of each year. Once approved, the treasurer will issue a certificate of deferral to the property owner, keeping one copy on record and sending one copy to the State Treasurer's office. By April 30, the Treasurer's office will pay the deferred amount to the County Treasurer where the property is located.
Senior/Civilian Deferral Application
Military Deferral Application 

*Note: if property taxes are included in your mortgage payment, a copy of the deferral certificate to the mortgage lender for a refund of the property tax held in escrow must be presented.

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Senior & Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: A property tax exemption is available to senior citizens, surviving Spouses of senior citizens, and disabled Veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence is exempted. The state pays the exempted portion of the property tax. The Senior Property Tax Exemption is administered by the Department of Local Affairs; but the Treasurer's office is responsible for the distribution of state funds to counties representing the amount issued in exemptions.
Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a disabled Veteran who has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as permanently disabled. (VA unemployability awards do not meet the requirement for determining an applicant's eligibility.)
  • Applicant must have owned and occupied the property as their primary residence on January 1st of the year in which they are applying for the exemption. (If the Veteran's Spouse is an owner and the Veteran is not, the Veteran can still qualify if the couple was married on or before January 1 and both have occupied the property as their primary residence since January 1.)
  • Fifty percent of the first $200,000 in actual property value is exempt from property taxation

Disabled Veterans who qualify for the property tax exemption must submit an application to their county assessor between January 1st and July 1st of the year you qualify.
Disabled Veterans Exemption Application
Surviving Spouse of a Previously Qualified Disabled Veteran Application 

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Military Spouse Residency Relief Act: For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2009, wages and tips of a qualifying nonresident Spouse are not taxable in Colorado and should not be included on Part-Year/Nonresident Computation (104PN).
Eligibility: A qualifying Spouse must: Have moved to Colorado from another state, Be in Colorado solely to accompany their active duty Service member Spouse who is stationed in Colorado in accordance with military orders, AND Have the same state of residency as the home of record of the Service member.

A qualifying Spouse who claims exempt wages and tips must submit Exemption from Withholding for a Qualifying Spouse of a U.S. Armed Forces Service member (DR 1059) to their employer and submit a copy of the DR 1059 along with their military ID card when filing the Colorado income tax return. A qualifying Spouse may also be required to provide proof of qualification including, but not limited to, permanent change of station documentation, prior state filing history and tax returns, voter registration, and driver license of the other state.

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Education Benefits:

Colorado National Guard (CONG) Tuition Assistance: Any member of the Colorado National Guard whose sole residency is Colorado is eligible for State Tuition Assistance, up to 100% tuition paid (not to exceed $4250 or $475/credit hour) at any approved Colorado state-funded school depending on funding available. State funding can be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance. Check here for application deadlines.
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met:

  • As of July 1, 2000 any new member of the Colorado National Guard eligible for State Tuition Assistance must have a minimum of 6 months of service in the Colorado National Guard. Interstate Transfer (ISTs) and In-Service Recruits (ISRs) are waived from this requirement.
  • To get TA the member must be in drilling status with the Colorado National Guard. If the member leaves drilling status, during the semester/quarter for which they are receiving TA, the member must reimburse the Department for the whole amount of TA received for that semester.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average every semester

All Army guard members are to apply for federal tuition assistance in addition to the state tuition assistance.

*Note: There is no longer a repayment of service for state tuition assistance (2 years of service for every 1 year of tuition). However, National Guard Service members must satisfactorily meet all performance requirements and receive recommendation by their Unit Commander (verified via 169C Form), and must have an ETS date on or after the end date of the semester.

For more information including eligibility guidelines, please visit the following pages:

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Operation Recognition: Operation Recognition is a program to award High School diplomas to deserving and qualified WWII, Korea and Vietnam-era Veterans. Operation Recognition is authorized by Colorado State Law and is offered by the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Association of School Boards.
Eligibility: Upon request a diploma may be awarded to the honorably discharged Veteran or Veteran's Family member if requesting posthumously if he/she:

  • Served in the Armed forces: WWII, Korea, Vietnam
  • Left High School before graduating on order to serve in the U.S. Armed forces
  • Is at least 60 years of age
  • Has not received a high school diploma (may hold a GED)
  • At the time of making the request, resides within the school district or
  • At the time of leaving High School to serve in the U.S. armed forces, resided within the school district.

How to apply: Applicants must fill out the Operation Recognition Application and provide a copy of discharge paperwork reflecting an honorable discharge. Applications must be verified by a state Dept. of Veterans' Affairs representative, and turned in to the local County Board of Education.

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Resident Tuition Rates for Service Members, Veterans and Families: Veterans, Active Duty Service members, members of the Colorado National Guard and their dependents may qualify for residency for tuition purposes.
Eligibility:

Colorado National Guard member or dependents: A Colorado National Guard member must: 

  • be stationed in Colorado by the first day of classes for the applicable term, and
  • have a physical residence in Colorado

Active Duty Military: Any military member who has ever had a PCS or TDY/TAD in Colorado is eligible for in-state tuition. Once qualified as an in-state student, the member does not lose eligibility if the member retires or separates from the military, nor does the member lose in-state status by reason of presence in any state or country while a member of the armed forces. 

Active Duty Dependent: A dependent of an active-duty military member currently stationed in Colorado must:

  • be a dependent of an active-duty military member currently stationed (PCS) in Colorado,
  • be a dependent at the time the member is stationed in Colorado, and
  • if a Child dependent, be biological or legally adopted.

A dependent of a current or former military member not stationed in Colorado must:

  • enroll in a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 years after the member was active duty and stationed (PCS) any length of time in Colorado,
  • if a Child dependent, be biological or legally adopted, and
  • if a Spouse, have been married to the military member at the time the member was stationed in Colorado and at the time the Spouse is requesting in-state tuition classification.

U.S. Armed Forces Veteran or Dependent: A Veteran must:

  • be an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces,
  • have a DD214 dated on or before the first day of the term, and
  • have previously been stationed in Colorado on a PCS or TDY/TAD, or be moving to Colorado permanently.

A Veteran's Child dependent or Spouse applying as a student must have completed two years of Colorado high school. 

Veteran dependents who do not qualify for this exception may qualify for in-state tuition if the dependent qualifies under the requirements of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. If you believe that you may qualify under this act, please contact veterans@colorado.edu for more information.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Points of Contact:
Cheryl Serrano, Compact Commissioner
Address: 6975 Village Meadows Dr, Fountain, CO 80817
Email: cheryldserrano@gmail.com  
Phone: 719-492-7969

Susan Silva
Address: 1675 Ellis St, Bldg #1217, Fort Carson, CO 80913
Email: susan.k.silva.naf@mail.mil
Phone: 719-524-0655

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Employment Benefits:

Paid Leave for Military Training: State employee receives 15 days of paid military leave per year.
Eligibility: Colorado National Guard and Reserve Service members.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

The Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1998 (Public Law 105-85) of November 18, 1997, contains a provision (section 1102 of Title XI) which accords Veterans' preference to everyone who served on active duty during the period beginning August 2, 1990, and ending January 2, 1992, provided, of course, the Veteran is otherwise eligible.

This means that anyone who served on active duty during the Gulf War, regardless of where or for how long, is entitled to preference if otherwise eligible (i.e., have been separated under honorable conditions and served continuously for a minimum of 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty). This applies not only to candidates seeking employment, but to Federal employees who may be affected by reduction in force, as well.

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Veterans' Employment Preference (State): Eligible Veterans are eligible to receive Veterans' preference for jobs in the State of Colorado.
Eligibility: Five-point preference is given to those honorably separated (this means an honorable or general discharge)

  • Who served on active duty (excluding active duty for training) in the Armed Forces:
    • During any war declared by Congress;
    • During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955;
    • For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976;
    • During the Gulf War period beginning August 2, 1990, and ending January 2, 1992;
    • For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or,
    • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized, such as El Salvador, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti.
  • The Spouse of a Veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability;
  • The Widow/Widower of a deceased Veteran who was or would have been entitled to Veterans' preference.

Medal holders and Gulf War Veterans who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty on or after October 14, 1982, without having previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty; must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.

Ten preference points are awarded to those honorably separated Veterans who qualify as disabled Veterans because they have served on active duty in the Armed Forces at any time and have a present service-connected disability or are receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Veterans Administration.

Proof of eligibility must be provided before points are allowed. This consists of the following:

  • For Veterans, a DD214 reflecting dates of service, type of discharge, and, if appropriate, a campaign badge or service medal. If information regarding a campaign badge or service medal is necessary to award preference points and is not reflected on the DD214, other documents reflecting the grade or medal must be provided.
  • For disabled Veterans, a DD214 and proof of disability in the form of a letter from the Veterans Administration verifying that the Veteran is currently receiving monetary benefits or has a disability retirement.
  • For Spouses of Veterans unable to work due to a service-connected disability, a DD214, proof of the disability as outlined above, and a copy of the marriage license.
  • For Widows/Widowers of deceased Veterans, a DD214, a copy of the marriage license, a copy of the death certificate, and a signed statement from the Widow/Widower that she/he has not remarried.

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Division of Professions and Occupations Licensure for Service Members and Spouses: In certain cases renewal fees may be waived for Service members, military Spouses may receive special consideration when obtaining a Colorado professional license and Service members can have military training and education count towards qualifications for licensure or certification. 

Military Renewal Fee Waiver: If the following requirements of §12-70-102, C.R.S. are established, you may be considered for a waiver of your renewal fees. Official military documentation must be provided that satisfies each of the following:

  1. Qualified service: Active duty personnel assigned to serve in an officially designated war, emergency or contingency may be eligible for exemption of renewal fees. Note: A contingency operation is one designated by the Secretary of Defense involving hostilities against an enemy of the United States or against an opposing military force. Current qualified contingencies include deployments to Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn. 
  2. Qualified service period: Must be at least 120 days in length.
  3. Qualified renewal cycle: The time frame of a renewal cycle is defined as the period from six (6) weeks prior to the expiration date of the current license through sixty (60) days following the expiration date. Your qualified service period in 2) above must fall within the defined renewal period or up to 6 months prior to the renewal period.  

If each of the above requirements is satisfied, you must provide official documentation and clearly identify how it shows each necessary requirement is met.  The requisite official documentation generally includes a copy of the official orders.  Upon receipt of your request and documentation, your eligibility to receive the following will be verified:

  • Exemption of renewal fees.
  • Exemption of continuing education or professional competency requirements (if applicable to your profession).

For individuals who meet the above requirements and who elect to pursue an exemption, please submit a copy of your orders or other official documentation that clearly identifies how you meet each of the above 3 requirements to: dora_registrations@state.co.us. We will respond and provide a decision regarding your qualification for exemption as well as how to proceed.

Requirements for Military Education and Training toward Licensure: The Director and Boards shall, upon the submission of satisfactory evidence by an applicant, accept education and training received in the military towards the qualifications to receive licensure or certification. Military personnel covered by this legislation include members of the armed forces or reserves of the United States, the National Guard of any State, the military reserves of any state, or the naval militia of any state.

Requirements for Relocated Military Spouse Licensure: For most professions regulated by the Division of Professions and Occupations, a military Spouse who has been relocated to Colorado by military orders, and has an active license in good standing from another state, can practice for up to one year from the date they move before obtaining a Colorado license.

Before the end of your first year of residency in Colorado, you must obtain a Colorado license by completing the appropriate application along with the Military Spouse Exemption Form below. The exemption form should be included with your application and does not need to be submitted until you are ready to obtain your professional license in Colorado. 

Professions not included as part of this exemption include: Professional Engineers and Interns, Professional Land Surveyors and Interns, Architects, Optometrists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Anesthesia Assistants.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Compensation: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program to pay benefits and help workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The UI Program helps to lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy. This program is not paid for by employees; employers fund the UI Program. Unemployment Insurance provides temporary and partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. Unemployment payments are funded by employer-paid taxes.

Colorado law requires all persons 18 years and older to provide proof that they are lawfully present in the United States before receiving unemployment benefits. You must provide one of the following forms of identification (ID):

  • Valid Colorado driver's license or a valid Colorado ID card.
  • United States military ID card or a military dependent ID card.
  • United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card.
  • Native American tribal document.
  • Valid driver's license or ID card issued by another state or Canada, or U.S. Passport.

Click here for the Unemployment Guide.

UI Benefits Inquiries: 303-318-9000 or 1-800-388-5515 (outside Denver-metro area)

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Career Assistance for Veterans: Colorado offers career assistance to all individuals who are eligible for Veterans' services. Each workforce center location across the state provides Veterans with priority of service for employment, training, and placement services. Each workforce center is staffed with a Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) and/or Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist, who will assist eligible Veterans with career counseling, resume creation, and other related services.
Eligibility: Priority of Service is for individuals who served at least one day in the active military naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service includes full-time Federal service, or service in the National Guard or a Reserve component.

Veterans are encouraged to contact their local workforce center; a map with links to addresses and phone numbers can be found here.

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Division of Driver Services:

"Veteran" or Military Designation on Driver License: The word "Veteran" may be printed on the driver's license or ID card if the applicant is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. A military identifier may be added to a driver license or ID card for applicants who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Eligibility: Applicants must present one of the following documents at a driver's license office to add an identifier:

  • Original DD214 indicating an honorable discharge (Veteran or Military identifier)
  • Valid military identification or Common Access Card (CAC) (Military identifier)

There is no additional fee to add the identifier; however, standard fees for renewal or issue of a duplicate license apply. Once the indicator has been added to the license or ID card, additional documentation is not required at renewal.

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License Extensions for Military Personnel: Colorado residents on active-duty military status are eligible for a three-year extension on their current driver license if they are stationed outside the state and unable to renew the license. The extension is free, but the request for extension must include a letter from the Service member's commanding officer for verification.
Eligibility: The department will need a written Request for Extension, signed by the Service member with an out-of-state address, along with a letter from the Service member's commanding officer verifying status. The request may be faxed to 303-205-5990, or mailed to:

Department of Revenue
Division of Motor Vehicles
Room 164-ROS
PO Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

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Colorado Driver License - Exemption: Active duty U.S. military personnel and their Spouses are exempt from obtaining a Colorado driver license when they have a valid driver license issued by another state. Military personnel on active duty in Colorado and who claim another state as their home state of residence may register their vehicle(s) in Colorado.

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Military CDL Extension:  If you have a Colorado CDL license and are based out of the state or overseas, the license is automatically extended for up to three years per Colorado Revised Statute 42-2-118(2) as long as a military ID is presented with the license. Please do not request an extension, no sticker will be mailed.

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Specific Ownership Tax - Exemption: Active duty military personnel must be the owner or co-owner of the vehicle and complete form  DR 2667 in order to obtain exemption from paying the Specific Ownership Tax. The affidavit must be completed each year at time of renewal or with the application for registration of a newly purchased vehicle. These individuals are in Colorado because they are required to be here by their branch of service.

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National Guard Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles and motor homes. The Colorado National Guard license plate is the only military license plate that is not available for motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who is active or retired member of the Colorado National Guard. Applicants must submit a Military License Plate Application and a Form DR 2226 to certify Colorado National Guard status. For active members, each renewal will require an annual status certification. For retirees, no annual certification is required.

Issuance & Fees: One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance and replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. Plates may be obtained at local County Motor Vehicle offices.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being a member of the U.S. Armed Services on 12/07/1941, stationed at Pearl Harbor during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (Hawaii time), has received an honorable discharge, and holds a current membership in the National Organization of Pearl Harbor Survivors. Applicants must provide a copy of the indicated documentation and a completed Military License Plate Application. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1) (b) (II) (F). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance in addition to other taxes and fees. The first exempt set is issued by the State Registration Section:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

Second and additional sets may be obtained at local County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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Prisoner of War Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who was on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forced during a period of armed conflict while incarcerated by an enemy of the U.S. Applicants must complete a Military License Plate Application and some form of official government document proving the applicants former Prisoner of War status. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1) (b) (II) (A). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit on the number of plates that may be issued. The first exempt set is issued by the State Registration Section:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

Second and additional sets may be obtained at local County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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Purple Heart Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person awarded the Purple Heart medal. The applicant must submit a copy of DD Form 214 or military orders awarding the Purple Heart, along with Military License Plate Application. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-324(1) (b) (II) (D). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit on the number of plates that may be issued. The first exempt set is issued by the State Registration Section:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

Second and additional sets may be obtained at local County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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World War II Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: A Service member who served in the armed forces between September 16, 1940 and July 25, 1947. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application. Acceptable proof is the Service members DD-214, showing service between September 16, 1940 and July 25, 1947 or separation papers indicating service during this time frame. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213 (1)(b)(II)(H) and CRS 42-3-312. Second or additional sets require a onetime fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. Upon authorization, plates will be mailed to the County of residence for the qualified Veteran.

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350
Second and additional sets may be obtained at local County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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Korean War Veteran Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being a member of the U.S. Armed Forces between 6/27/1950 and 1/31/1955. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application and bring a copy of their DD214 or discharge paperwork which indicates time served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance and replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the amount of plates that may be purchased. Plates may be obtained at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Vietnam Veteran Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being a member of the U.S. Armed Forced during the Vietnam engagement (08/07/1964-01/27/1973). Applicants fill out the Military License Plate Application and must bring a copy of their DD214 or discharge paperwork which indicates time served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance and replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the amount of plates that may be purchased. Plates may be obtained at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: The applicant must have been a member of the United States Armed Services between August 2, 1990 and February 28, 1991. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application and provide a DD 214 form issued by the United States Government or other evidence sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant is a Veteran of the armed services who served between August 2, 1990, and February 28, 1991. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the amount of plates that may be purchased. Plates may be obtained at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Veteran of Afghanistan War Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: An individual that is a natural person who was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces between October 7, 2001 and the end of the conflict. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application and bring a copy of their DD214 or discharge paperwork which indicates time served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the amount of plates that may be purchased. Plates may be obtained at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Veteran of Iraq War Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: An individual that is a natural person who was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces between March 20, 2003 and the end of the conflict. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application and bring a copy of their DD214, military identification, or other such documents showing dates of service between March 20, 2003 and the end of the conflict. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the amount of plates that may be purchased. Plates may be obtained at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Medal of Honor Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being awarded the Medal of Honor. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or military orders indicating award. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1) (b) (II) (C). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. Initial applications must be presented in person or by mail to the following addresses:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Second and additional sets may be obtained at respective resident County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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Honorably Discharged Veteran Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being honorable discharged or retired from any branch of the U.S. Armed Services. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or other separation paperwork indicating an honorable discharge. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance and replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. License plates may be obtained at respective resident County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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Fallen Soldier Plate (Army): Under Colorado Statute 42-3-213, the Fallen Service Member license plate may be issued to passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreational vehicles and motorcycles. The Fallen Service Member license plate will be certified for issuance by the State Registration Sections.
Eligibility: Fallen Service Member plates may be issued to the current or past Spouse, Child, Parent, grandparent, or sibling of a person who died in the line of duty while serving in the armed forces. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application and provide supporting documentation (such as birth/death certificates, census records, historical archives, military records, etc.) to the State Registration section. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1)(b)(II)(G) and CRS 42-3-312. A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for replacement of the license plate.

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4th Infantry Division Plate: Available for passenger cars or trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles and motor homes.
Eligibility: Any person that desires to show support for the U.S. Army 4th Division. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Plates are available at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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10th Mountain Division Plate: Available for passenger cars or trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles and motor homes.
Eligibility: Any person who is a Veteran, a reserve member or active member of 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or other separation paperwork indicating an honorable discharge or other evidence of being a Veteran, reserve member or active member of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Plates are available at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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U.S. Army Special Forces Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who has received an honorable discharge or is retired, or is an active or reserve member of the U.S. Army awarded prefix "3" or suffix "S" or a designation of "5G", 18/180 MOS, Special Forces Tab, OSS or UNPIK-8240. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application, and provide either a DD214 or other paperwork indicating service and honorable discharge or orders demonstrating being awarded prefix "3" or suffix "S" or a designation of "5G", 18/180 MOS, Special Forces Tab, OSS or UNPIK-8240. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance and replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Plates are available through any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Silver Star Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being awarded the Silver Star. Applicants must Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application, and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or military orders indicating receipt of award. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1)(b)(II)(E). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Plates are available at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Bronze Star/Bronze Star for Valor Plates: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being awarded the Bronze Star or Bronze Star with 'V' Device. Applicants must Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application, and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or military orders indicating receipt of award. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

Requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Plates are available at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Distinguished Service Cross: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Applicants must Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application, and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or military orders indicating receipt of award. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1)(b)(II)(E). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Plates are available at any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Distinguished Flying Cross: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application, and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or military orders indicating receipt of award. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1)(b)(II)(E). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. Initial applications must be presented in person or by mail to the following addresses:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Second and additional sets may be obtained at respective County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who can demonstrate being 50% or more Permanent Service-Connected Disabled with an Honorable discharge from a branch of the Armed Services of the United States is eligible. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application. In addition applicants must print and follow all instructions then submit all information included on the Disabled Veteran Plate Checklist, utilizing the checklist as a cover sheet. *Note: This plate does not permit the owner to park their vehicle in designated disability parking spaces. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1) (b) (II) (B). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. Initial applications must be presented in person or by mail to the following addresses:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Second and additional sets may be obtained at respective County Motor Vehicle Offices.

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U.S. Army Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Eligibility: Any person who has received an honorable discharge or is retired, or is an active or reserve member of the U.S. Army. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application, and submit a copy of Form DD214 or other evidence of being an active or reserve member, or is retired or has received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance and replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Plates are available through any County Motor Vehicle Office.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Full medical and Dental coverage for any injury or illness incurred in the line of duty.
Eligibility: Colorado National Guard members.

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Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Group Insurance: Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service.

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): Current active members of the Colorado National Guard are automatically protected with $1,000 of SSLI at no charge. Additional supplemental life insurance for SGLI is available. This insurance pays an immediate benefit of $25,000 within 24 hours of death. Rates may be found at http://www.ssli.org, or contact the administrator at 800-462-7441.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Free Admission to State Parks in August: Active duty Service members and Veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks for the month of August. The Service member or Veteran must show proof of military service (photo ID, DD-214, VA medical card) and obtain the free pass from any Colorado state park or CPW office. The Service member or Veteran must be in the vehicle when using the pass. All other park fees (camping, etc.) are still charged.​

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Free Admission on Veteran's Day (November 11) on all State Parks:  Active duty and Veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks on Veteran's Day.  The military member or Veteran must show proof of military service (photo ID, DD-214, be in uniform, etc) All other park fees are still charged.

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Free Admission to State Parks for Resident Disabled Veterans: Colorado residents with current Colorado Disabled Veteran license plates may access Colorado State Parks free without a pass on the windshield. The plates are obtained through the Division of Motor Vehicles. This covers admission only and does not provide special camping rates.
Eligibility: The vehicle must display current Disabled Veteran license plates, and the disabled Veteran must be present in the vehicle.

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Columbine Annual Pass: Colorado resident disabled Veterans may apply for a Columbine Annual Pass. The fee is $14.00 per year, is transferable between vehicles and the disabled Veteran must be present in the vehicle.
Eligibility: Available to totally and permanently disabled Veterans. A photocopy of a letter from the Veterans Administration indicating a permanent and total disability is required. Click here to apply for the Columbine Pass.

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Discounted Camping: Disabled Veterans over age 64 qualify for discounted camping in state parks Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays.

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Small Game Hunting and Fishing License: Free lifetime combination small-game hunting and fishing license.
Eligibility: Resident Veteran with a service-connected disability of 60% or more. Purple Heart recipients, who can provide documented proof, are also eligible for a VA Combo License. For more information and to apply, please see the Accessibility page​.

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Hunting and Fishing License: Military personnel stationed in Colorado on active duty and their Family members can qualify to purchase hunting and fishing licenses at the Colorado resident rates. Personnel (and their dependents) qualify for residency if they are on active duty in Colorado under permanent orders.
Eligibility: Military personnel stationed in Colorado on active duty must show proof by presenting official military documentation (military orders) when purchasing resident licenses. Active duty does not include reserve status or National Guard.

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Preference Points: Any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces stationed at any military facility in Colorado and actively deployed outside the United States or any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces who is a Colorado resident and is deployed outside the United States during the license application deadline period can apply to receive a preference point for a future hunt. A military preference point application must be completed and restrictions apply. For more information, contact Limited Licensing at 303-291-7381.

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License Refund/Preference Point Return: Licenses and preference points may be refunded to a Service member if he/she is deployed after applying for a hunting license. For more information, contact Limited Licensing at 303-291-7381.

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Advance Purchase of Leftover Hunting License: Active-duty Service members who are deployed outside of the United States and are either stationed in or residents of Colorado can purchase leftover licenses after the draw and prior to the annual leftover purchase date.

How to Apply: Applicants must check the leftover license list, complete the Military Leftover License Mail-in Request Form. Request form, payment and proper documentation must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 3, 2017.​ For more information please visit the Leftover and OTC License page.

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Resident Fishing on Temporary Leave: Colorado residents who are on active duty and permanently stationed outside of the state may fish without a license while in Colorado on temporary leave. The military member must carry a copy of their leave papers with them while fishing and cannot use this exemption for more than 30 days per year.

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Wounded Warrior Program: The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission set aside a number of free licenses for members of the Wounded Warrior or Safe Harbor program. While there are limits on the number of licenses that can be issued, the goal of the CPW is to issue as many of these licenses as possible to qualified members of the Wounded Warrior program.
Eligibility: Wounded Warrior Program requirements include:

  • Must be a member of the U.S. Armed forces and a Colorado resident or be stationed in Colorado.
  • Must be returning from post-September 11, 2001 overseas contingency operation.
  • Must be assigned to a military medical treatment facility at the time of application.
  • Must be a qualifying member of the U.S. Armed Services Wounded Warrior or Safe Harbor program.

Complete the Application for Wounded Warrior Program​. For more information, contact the Limited Licensing Unit at 303-291-7380.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Certification of Discharge or Separation:

National Guard Records: The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Archives hold the military personnel records pertaining to, Retired members of the Colorado Army National Guard, Discharged members of the Colorado Army National Guard, Retired members of the Colorado Air National Guard and Discharged members of the Colorado Air National Guard. Due to the number of full time COARNG personnel that have been activated and deployed Archives may not have your records if you have were discharged or retired from the Colorado Army National Guard within the last 36 months. If we do not have your records you must contact the COARNG Military Personnel Office (MILPO) at 720-250-1330/1331 to determine the status of your records.

Documents Storage: Veterans, who listed Colorado for storage of DD214, can obtain a copy by calling 303-284-6077. Veterans can also get free recording and certified copies of public records for Veteran-related purposes, including birth, marriage, death, and divorce decrees by contacting your local County Recorder's Office.

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State Veterans Nursing Homes: Colorado's State Veterans Homes are located in the following areas:

Colorado's State and Veterans Nursing Homes offer the following services:

  • Long-term care: These services include skilled nursing care; speech, physical and occupational therapy; social activities; and assistance with bathing, dressing and other daily activities.
  • Short-term rehabilitation: Individuals seeking to return home following a qualifying hospital stay can work to regain skills and improve physical strength, endurance and aerobic capacity through Medicare-certified rehabilitation services.
  • Domiciliary cottages (similar to assisted living): The Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake (Monte Vista) offers assisted living-like services in 48 recently renovated cottages.
  • Memory care services: Specialized care for individuals with dementia is offered in all State and Veterans Nursing Homes. Secure units are available at the State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, Florence, Rifle and Walsenburg.
  • Short-term "respite" care: Respite care can provide a helpful option when homecare providers are unavailable. These short-term stays are offered at the State Veterans Homes at Florence, Homelake, Rifle and Walsenburg.
  • End-of-life/hospice services: Comfort-oriented care is offered at all State and Veterans Nursing Homes.

Eligibility: Honorably discharged Veterans, Veterans' Spouses or Widows/Widowers and "Gold-Star Parents" (non-Veterans, any of whose Children have died while serving in the Armed Forces) are eligible for long-term care or short-term rehabilitation in our Home. Medical criteria also must be met.

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Veterans' Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado: The Cemetery officially opened on September 5, 2002. It is located on 22.5 acres at 2830 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction, Colorado, Just east of the Grand Junction Regional Center. It has a capacity of 3,337 units, including 1,758 for casketed remains and 1,579 units for cremated remains (of which 861 are columbarium wall niches). Additionally, there are 775 memorial garden plots available for Veterans whose remains were not recovered, donated to science, or otherwise unavailable for internment.
Eligibility: Any Colorado member of the U. S. Armed Forces who dies on active duty or deceased Veterans who held a discharge under honorable conditions are eligible for internment in the Cemetery. With certain exceptions, service beginning after September 7, 1980 as an enlisted person, and October 16, 1981 as an officer, must be for a minimum of 24 months or the full period for which the Service member was called to active duty. Reservists, National Guard Service members, and Reserve Officer Training Program members who either died while on active duty or training or as a result of injury or illness contracted or incurred under honorable conditions or those Service members who were entitled to retired pay are also eligible.

Spouses, surviving Spouses, and unmarried minor Children (under age 21, or 23 if attending college) are also eligible for internment in the Cemetery. Unmarried adult Children over the age of 21 are eligible if the Child is physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 or 23 if attending college full time. Supporting documentation must be provided.

There is no charge for internment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. A gravesite or niche, opening/closing, funeral honors, an upright granite headstone or niche marker with authorized inscriptions, concrete grave liner for casketed remains, use of Committal Shelter and/or Visitors' Center, and perpetual care of the gravesite are provided at no expense to the next-of-kin. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

A United States flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of the deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. A Presidential Memorial Certificate is also available; cemetery staff is able to assist with processing this request. Funeral honors may be provided by the Veteran's service branch (active duty) or the Colorado Army National Guard and/or the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard for all eligible Veterans. Please click here for the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Brochure.

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The Veterans Trust Fund and Veterans Assistance Grants: The Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs through a grant program provides grants from the Colorado state Veterans Trust Fund. The grant program is available to provide funds to assist in Veteran programs. Such programs may include, but are not limited to; transportation programs, food and shelter for homeless Veterans and their Families, incarcerated Veterans' programs, homeless stand downs, job assistance programs and other worthwhile programs that provide a "direct service" to the Veteran community.

The board in determining who receives a grant award places emphasis on rural communities and grantees that describe how the program will be continued in the absence of continued funding.

The Veterans Trust Fund Grant is open only to Nationally Recognized Veterans Organizations, while the Veterans Assistance Grant caters to nonprofit organizations and county government entities.

VETERANS TRUST FUND GRANT APPLICATION
VETERANS ASSISTANCE GRANT APPLICATION

The applications must address the needs of Veterans in your community. Completed applications should be mailed to:

Veteran's Trust Fund Information
Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs
ATTN: Grant Administrator
1355 South Colorado Blvd, Bldg C, Ste 113
Denver, Colorado 80222

For additional information and training on the application process, you are encouraged to attend one of the scheduled webinars.  There is no charge to attend webinar training. Registration is required.  Space is limited.  To register, please send an email to Carissa.Snyder@dmva.state.co.us and indicate the date you would like to attend.  You will receive further information including a link to the webinar.

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Colorado
Please see the Colorado Resource Locator for additional information.

 

Active Duty

Army
Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, El Paso County

Air Force
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

Buckley AFB, Aurora

Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs

North American Aerospace Defense Command, Colorado Springs

Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs

Schriever AFB, Colorado Springs, El Paso County

National Guard - Colorado National Guard Home Page

Colorado Army National Guard

Colorado Air National Guard - 140th Wing, Aurora

 

Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Colorado

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Denver: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), 1055 Clermont St, 303-399-8020

VA Medical Center
Grand Junction: Grand Junction VA Medical Center, 2121 North Ave, 970-242-0731 / 866-206-6415

Outpatient Clinic
Aurora: Jewell Clinic, 14400 E Jewell Ave, 303-283-5400
Burlington: Burlington VA Outreach Clinic, 1177 Rose Ave, 719-346-5239
Glenwood Springs: Glenwood Springs VA Telehealth Clinic, 2425 S Grand Ave, Suite 101, 970-945-1007
Salida: Salida VA Telehealth Outreach Clinic, 920 Rush Dr, 719-539-8666
Sterling: Sterling Mobile Telehealth Clinic, 100 College Dr, 888-483-9127 x 3816

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Alamosa: Alamosa Outpatient Clinic, 622 Del Sol Dr, 719-587-6800
Aurora: Aurora Outpatient Clinic, 13701 E. Mississippi Ave, Gateway Medical Bldg #200, 303-398-6340
Colorado Springs: PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic at Colorado Springs, 3141 Centennial Blvd, 719-327-5660
Craig: Craig CBOC, 785 Russell St, 970-824-6721 / Fax: 970-824-9439
Durango: Durango Clinic, 1970 East Third Ave, Suite 102, 970-247-2214 / Fax: 970-247-3277
Fort Collins: Fort Collins VA MSOC , 2509 Research Blvd, 970-224-1550
Golden: Golden Outpatient Clinic, 1020 Johnson Rd, 303-914-2680
Greeley: Greeley VA MSOC, 2001 70th Ave, Suite 200, 970-313-0027
La Junta: La Junta Outpatient Clinic, 1100 Carson Ave, Suite 104, 719-383-5195
Lamar: Lamar Outpatient Clinic, 1401 South Main St, Suite 2, 719-336-0315 / Fax: 719-336-0816
Montrose: Montrose Outpatient Clinic, 154 Colorado Ave, 970-249-7791
Pueblo: Pueblo Outpatient Clinic, 4776 Eagleridge Cir, 719-553-1000 / 719-584-5496

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Boulder: Boulder Vet Center, 4999 Pearl East Circle, Suite 106, 303-440-7306 / Fax: 303-449-3907
Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs Vet Center, 602 South Nevada Ave, 719-471-9992 / Fax: 719-632-7571
Denver: 4A RCS Western Mountain Regional Office, 789 Sherman St, Suite 570, 303-577-5207 / Fax: 303-860-7614
Denver: Denver Vet Center, 7465 East First Ave, Suite B, 303-326-0645 / Fax: 303-326-0715
Fort Collins: Fort Collins Vet Center, 702 W Drake Bldg C, 970-221-5176 / Fax: 970-482-9428
Grand Junction: Grand Junction Vet Center, 2472 Patterson Rd, Unit 16, 970-245-4156 / Fax: 970-245-7623
Pueblo: Pueblo Vet Center, 1515 Fortino Blvd, Suite 130, 719-583-4058 / Fax: 719-583-4074

VISN
Glendale: VISN 19: Rocky Mountain Network, 4100 E. Mississippi Ave, Suite 1100, 303-202-8165

Veterans Benefits Administration
District
Lakewood: Continental District, 155 Van Gordon Street, 800-827-1000

Regional Benefit Office
Lakewood: Denver Regional Benefit Office, 155 Van Gordon St, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
For Carson: Buckley Air Force Base, 1305 McCullogh Dr, Bldg 5510
Fort Carson: Fort Carson, 1305 McCullogh Dr, Bldg 5510
Fort Carson: Peterson Air Force Base, 1627 Evans St, Bldg 1219, Rm VA1
Fort Carson: Schriever Air Force Base, 1628 Evans St, Bldg 1219, Rm VA1
Fort Carson: USAF Academy, 1629 Evans St, Bldg 1219, Room VA1

Regional Loan Center
Lakewood: Denver Regional Loan Center, 155 Van Gordon St, 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
District
Lakewood: Continental District, 155 Van Gordon St, 303-914-5720 / Fax: 303-914-5715

National Cemetery
Denver: Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave, 303-761-0117 / Fax: 303-781-9378
Las Animas: Fort Lyon National Cemetery, 15700 County Rd HH, 303-761-0117 / Fax: 303-781-9378

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Resources

http://www.va.gov/

https://www.colorado.gov/revenue

https://www.colorado.gov/dmva

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-alabama-iowa#COLORADO

http://cpw.state.co.us/

https://www.colorado.gov/cdle/jobs-training

http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm
  
http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Accessibility.aspx


https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx


http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/colorado.aspx

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Document Review Date: 30 August 2016